Under $10: Drugstore Beauty Classics

A little secret: Anne and I aren't the biggest beauty mavens. Sure, we can swoon over Revlon's scented nail polish and Clinique's Black Honey lipstick as much as the next girl, but sometimes we like to call in the experts to tell us what's up with the most iconic products in the beauty industry. Today we convinced Amber Katz, editor of Beauty Blogging Junkie, to share two of her all-time favorite cheap-and-classic products:

"Bonne Bell Gel Bronze in Golden Tan (pictured) is a precocious gel bronzer: it stood out in a sea of powder blushes in the late '80s/early '90s. Though cream/gel bronzers are nearly ubiquitous these days, Bonne Bell's iteration will set you back only $5 and provides a warm glow when applied via a damp makeup sponge to the face where the sun would naturally hit. Its sheer consistency ensures you'll never get that powder bronze cloggy look that can resemble dirt when applied with a heavy hand.

"Citre Shine Shine Miracle Anti-frizz Serum has suggestive copywriting, fraught with words like glossifying  and laminating propelled me to spend my allowance on it in the 90s, and I continue to do that today. A dime-sized dollup rubbed between my palms and applied just  to ends before re-blowdrying with a round brush will resuscitate a wilting blow-out from days ago. Though its packaging has changed, its lingering scent hasn't. Best of all: a $7 bottle will last you a year."

Thanks, Amber! I so need some glossifying, and bronzers are a much better way to glow than the tanning bed or an un-SPF'd face. I'm about to get my drugstore beauty on.